DETROIT (WJBK) - A Coney Island restaurant owner in Detroit gunned down during an attempted robbery.
Police say his killer walked away -- without a single dime.
"He opened the door and I think the person may have panicked and a shot went off inadvertently," said Assistant Chief Steve Dolunt, Detroit police. "Unfortunately it hit him in the chest and killed him."
It is a crime that has a seasoned veteran of the Detroit police force choked up with emotion - and he's not alone.
"The reason it is so disturbing is the community is out here, crying," Dolunt said. "He's been here 36 years. He's not a gang-banger, not a dope guy, not a hood. He's an Albania immigrant who came here and worked his butt off."
Dolunt is referring to shooting death of the owner of the Detroit Coney Island at Schaefer and Ethel in what police are calling a robbery gone wrong.
"He was extremely well liked in the community and trust-worthy," Dolunt said.
The victim, Franco Juncaj, or Frank as he was known to his customers, was as selfless as they get.
"He always gave me a free drink because I'm always here every weekend," said Tray Simons.
"The homeless would go in there and he would give them water and coffee and he would feed them," said Latrice Simmons. "When I would go in there he would actually give me a banana - of course, fruit before I ate my food."
Customers say Frank was there seven days a week and he was so trusting he would leave his door open - and some worried about that.
Police say at about 9 in the morning, the suspect saw their chance to be alone with the trusting owner.
"There was no food on the grill," Dolunt said, "Which would lead me to believe in that short period of time that no one was in there."
And Frank, like he always did, had the door open. One shot in the chest was all it took.
Police are hoping the tight knit community will help them as they look to bring this killer to justice.
If you have any information contact Detroit police at (313) 596-5200 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-SPEAK-UP.